Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
AFTCS/TDRP Team Provides Technical Assistance for DDR Project Closure in Burundi
June 09, 2014

As part of a support mission to the Republic of Burundi’s Commission Nationale charge de la Démobilisation, de la Réinsertion et de la Réintégration des ex-combattants (CNDDR), a team from AFTCS/TDRP held meetings with CNDDR in Bujumbura last week. The meetings in Bujumbura have focused on the closure of the Emergency Demobilization and Transitional Reintegration Project (PDRT) on 30 June 2014. With the project coming to a close this month, AFTCS/TDRP staff provided technical assistance on project closure during the last World Bank supervision mission.

AFTCS/TDRP Team Provides Technical Assistance for DDR Project Closure in Burundi

In the last year of implementation, PDRT has focused its activities on economic reintegration (technical and in-kind support to economic associations), conflict, mediation, and negotiation trainings, communication activities around gender themes, and medical/rehabilitation support to the disabled. By May 30, 2014 all project activities besides the medical support and construction of houses for the disabled were complete and related project indicators met.

PDRT has provided comprehensive medical and rehabilitation support to disabled ex-combatants. PDRT is providing 150 severely disabled ex-combatants with houses with access roads and pathways in a total of 12 locations spread all over Burundi. All sites will have water harvesting facilities, main water connections at five locations where water supply are available, and a new dedicated water supply in one location. Main power supply will be connected at five sites where main power is available. Further, all houses will be provided with solar power facilities. Additionally, 3,307 disabled ex-combatants received medical treatment including psychosocial support through the project.

AFTCS/TDRP Team Provides Technical Assistance for DDR Project Closure in Burundi

Beneficiaries of the housing support were selected based on the existing detailed database of disabled ex-combatants from the project which was the result of intensive medical screening of disabled ex-combatants. Beneficiaries were selected against the underlying principles of disability-related dependency and vulnerability as well as socio-economic vulnerability based on agreed upon established selection criteria. Two groups were identified as the most severely disabled based upon their level of dependency associated with their disability. This includes severe and chronic cases such as paraplegia and tetraplegia (spinal injuries) and a second group comprised of severe orthopedic cases, i.e., amputees (especially bilateral above knee amputees and severe blocked joints), who require wheelchairs and assistance in terms of accessibility and mobility.

AFTCS/TDRP Team Provides Technical Assistance for DDR Project Closure in Burundi

The team was very impressed with the progress made in the construction of houses between March and June 2014. The quality of materials and workmanship at the 12 sites has been beyond satisfactory. PDRT has achieved great results in regards to the construction of the houses in the six months since construction began. Overall, the project is expected to meet all its indicators as well as its development objective. With the closure of the project in June, the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) process in Burundi will officially come to an end.


**CNDDR has, through PDRT, demobilized members of the National Liberation Forces (FNL) and the National Liberation Forces – dissidents (FNL-D), and provided socioeconomic reintegration support to said members following demobilization, as well as to ex-combatants demobilized under the Emergency Demobilization, Reinsertion, and Reintegration Project, with a particular focus on the provision of such support to female, child, and disabled ex-combatants. The two projects have supported the demobilization and reintegration of 8,682 ex-combatants and child soldiers in Burundi.




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